Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Bible Study - Can a Catholic Come and Play?

I have recently joined a group Bible Study.  It is an ecumenical study (many different Christian denominations represented), which pleases me, because I really do like this particular method of study (discussion of previous week's homework, new video lecture, and workbook homework to be done during the following week).  I was a little nervous the first time I went, because A. the study is held in a church in a very wealthy suburb, and I was afraid I would not "measure up" (I know, I know, dopey of me!), and B. it is not a Catholic church, and not all Protestant churches are accepting of Catholics.

To expound on that a bit - it has been my experience that some members of some non-Catholic churches can be very judgmental of Catholics.  When we "came home" to the Catholic church in 2005, I had a friend, a friend, tell me that she feared my family and I would not receive salvation in the Catholic church.  I was so flabbergasted, I could not think of a reply.  And it made no sense, because she is of the belief that all one has to do to be saved is to accept Christ as their savior.  Well, I accepted Christ as my savior a long time ago, so what - is it now nullified because I am worshiping as a Catholic?  Totally illogical conclusion, yet it persists in some.

Anyway, no fears on that score at this Bible study.  The women are lovely and accepting, and there just happens to be two other Catholics in the group.  I have gotten so much out of the study already, and I am very glad I sought it out.  The idea to do this came to me in prayer, and everything just lined up so nicely.  I came into the group two weeks after it started, but I simply caught up with what I missed and am now right in sync.  It is very nice to spend time each day working on this and having time with God.

I am memorizing a small bit of Scripture.  While I can memorize music and phone numbers easily, Scripture is very difficult.  But my index cards are helping.

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